David O’Reilly missing since March 2015

updated217 August 2016

David O’Reilly has been located safe and well on the state’s Mid North Coast after police received fresh leads during the recent NSW Missing Persons Week campaign.

David O’Reilly went missing in 2015, when he left his North Coast home and had not been seen or heard from since.

The details of his disappearance were widely promoted as part of the recent NSW Missing Persons Week campaign that aims to highlight the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons.

The campaign ran between Sunday 31 July and Saturday 6 August 2016, during which the Mr O’Reilly’s photo was shared with the community and media outlets across the state.

As a result, Crime Stoppers received multiple calls from the community who reported they’d seen a man, matching his description around Laurieton, south of Port Macquarie.

Officers attached to Mid North Coast Local Area Command attended Laurieton and spoke with a number of local community members who confirmed he was living in the area.

Investigators then located David O’Reilly last Friday (12 August 2016), after which he attended the local police station where he spoke with family via phone.

Operational Communications and Information Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Barrie, said police would like to extend many thanks to the community and media for their assistance in reuniting the man with his family.

“This is the power of Missing Persons Week and a reflection of what we can achieve when police, community members, and the media work together to help bring people home safely,” Assistant Commissioner Barrie said.

“We know there are many reasons why people go missing and it’s important to remember certain circumstances can limit people’s choices.

“The annual Missing Persons Week campaign is also about shedding light on this stigma and focusing on both personal and communal support networks that may intervene before someone finds themselves in a situation as a missing person,” Assistant Commissioner Barrie said.

“While this case was fortunately resolved with a positive outcome, there are many who remain missing across NSW; if you know something that could help find answers for their families, please contact Crime Stoppers.”

The theme of this year’s campaign urged people to ‘Stay Connected’ and to remember that ‘Missing Persons Leave Frayed Edges’.

The campaign aims to remind members of the public of the importance of staying connected with family and friends and to ultimately enhance support networks that assist those most at risk of going missing.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of any missing person is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

 

4 August 2016

Police are appealing for information, as part of Missing Persons Week, to help find David O’Reilly, a man who went missing from the state’s Mid North Coast last year.

David O'ReillyDavid John O’Reilly, now aged 53, was last seen leaving his home in Nabiac on Thursday 5 March 2015, informing a family member he would return to the property.

David O’Reilly did not have access to a vehicle and has not been seen or heard from since.

Police and family have concerns for Mr O’Reilly’s welfare as this behaviour is considered out of character.

David O’Reilly did not live with family members but would regularly make contact with them; however, they’ve not heard from him since March last year, and he’s not returned to the Nabiac home.

David O’Reilly is described as being of Caucasian appearance, of a thin build, with dark brown/grey hair, a beard and a moustache.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of David O’Reilly is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Missing Persons Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons and runs between Sunday 31 July and Saturday 6 August 2016.

The theme of this year’s campaign is urging people to ‘Stay Connected’ and to remember that ‘Missing Persons Leave Frayed Edges.’

The campaign aims to remind members of the public of the importance of staying connected with family and friends and to ultimately enhance personal and communal support networks that assist those most at risk of going missing.

NSW Police Force would like to thank the Outdoor Media Association (OMA) for their assistance with Missing Persons Week 2016, donating advertising sites worth almost $235,000 across NSW

 


 

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